2018 ACPBC Undergraduate Student Scholarship

The ACPBC Undergraduate Student Scholarship, in the amount of $1000, is awarded annually to an ACPBC student member enrolled in third or fourth year of an undergraduate Chemistry program at a British Columbia university.  The award is equally based on academic performance in all completed Chemistry courses and service to the Chemistry profession.
The application deadline is October 26, 2018.  The award will be announced by the end of November.

Student membership is free.  Further details on the scholarship application are attached: 2018 ACPBC Student Member Scholarship Poster


Plan to attend the Science Advisory Board for Contaminated Sites – Workshop and Conference September 26 – 27, 2018

The Science Advisory Board for Contaminated Sites in BC announces its Annual Conference and Workshop to be held in Vancouver September 26 and 27, 2018.    The SABCS workshop on September 26 focusses on Innovation in Data Acquisition, Analytics and Automation for Contaminated Sites and Mining Environmental Applications (Draft Workshop Program).  The 8th annual conference of the SABCS on September 27 2018 has a wide-ranging program covering current issues in contaminated sites in BC (Draft Conference Agenda).
For registration go to registration here. For more details see
Early registration for the conference closes on August 24.


AGM October 26, 2018 – Save the Date!

Notice of ACPBC Annual General Meeting October 26, 2018

The ACPBC AGM will take place:

October 26, 2018 from 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Room will open at 4:30 p.m.

Call to order at 5:00 p.m.

Simon Fraser University Harbour Centre

515 West Hasting Street, Vancouver BC

Room 7000 (Earl and Jennie Lohn Policy Room)


The AGM is open to all ACPBC members and will include:

  • the business of electing the Directors and Officers;
  • the audited financial statements for 2016 – 2017;
  • ratification of the Audit committee for 2017 – 2018;
  • announcement of membership for the Nominating, Membership and Registration, Professional Affairs, and Discipline committees;
  • report of the Board.

In addition to contributing to building a strong and relevant professional association for Chemists in BC, this is a great opportunity to meet fellow members, make new contacts in the profession and catch up with old friends.  


ACPBC Undergraduate Scholarship Winner Lavraj Lidher

The ACPBC congratulates Lavraj Lidher of Thompson Rivers University as the 2017 ACPBC Undergraduate Student Scholarship winner.  Lavraj is a 4th year student in an honors program in Chemical Biology. He has volunteered extensively in chemistry outreach activities including the Eureka summer camp program, and the TRU Family Night of Science.  Read more here.

Congratulations Lavraj!


A Chemistry Advent Calandar

Ever wondered about the chemistry of all the great tastes, smells, and sparkle of Christmas?  Then check out the 2017 Advent Calendar at COMPOUND iNTEREST.  Andy Brunning, a chemistry educator based in Cambridge UK, posts easy-to-read chemistry infographics.  December 1, 2017 was on the flavours of chocolate, December 2 on the odor of Christmas trees,  … you get the point.



Self-correcting Science

UBC chemist Prof. Chris Orvig P.Chem. recently illustrated how “normal science”  works – by publishing a correction to earlier work from his group.  In 2002, Orvig and co-workers reported a new compound that appeared to contain four N and two P atoms in a cyclic structure.  Returning to the same compound a decade later, they were able to form crystals of the compound, only to discover that was only half what they had previously reported – two N and one P in a cyclic structure half the size.

The previous paper was retracted and the new results were published in the specialist journal Inorganic Chemistry.  In related news reports, the Editor-in-Chief of the journal, William H. Tolman applauded Prof. Orvig for coming forward to correct the earlier mistake.  “This is precisely why the retraction mechanism exists – to correct the published record.  … This case is one of many data points in the larger story of how science corrects itself.””


Taking the lab to the sample

Vancouver Island Univers1ty professors and Professional Chemists Chris Gill and Erik Krogh have unveiled their new mobile mass spectrometry lab.  The Mercedes transit van houses two mass spectrometers plus several other atmospheric monitoring instruments, and can provide real time-real space data on chemical concentrations in the environment.  This can be used to track the spread of a spill or the release of gases into the environment using on-board GPS to map the substances and their concentrations as the lab drives around.

More details from VIU and local media.